Schedule a script or command in x num hours, silently run in the background even if logged out

( ( sleep 2h; your-command your-args ) & )
doesn't require "at", change the "2h" to whatever you want... (deafult unit for sleep is seconds)

By: sitaram
2009-08-19 17:39:11

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That is absolutely brilliant! Love that.. Could you explain how it stays even after logging out? I confirmed that you were right about that.
AskApache · 642 weeks ago
it's called the "double fork" trick, but it woefully underdocumented as far as I can tell. Some day I'll write up an "as correct as I can make it" description but right now I have forgotten most of the details (this is really old stuff)
sitaram · 640 weeks and 3 days ago
Deserves to be in the site's - "All-time greats".
zlemini · 606 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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